How am I tested?

Test Format

The test consists of four parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The Listening, Reading and Writing components of the test are held on Saturday morning. No latecomers are allowed into the test room once the test has started.

Interviews for the Speaking section are either held on Saturday afternoon or on the Friday before. You will be notified of the interview time approximately 5 days before the test. If you wish to request a speaking test on the same day as the main test please email (only requests submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the test date will be considered). Spaces are limited and same day speaking is not guaranteed.

For more information on the format of the IELTS test, please refer to the IELTS Information for Candidates booklet.

How IELTS is scored

IELTS results are designed to be simple and easy to understand. They are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest).

A score is given for each test component - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. These individual scores are then averaged and rounded to produce an overall band score.

You can find out more about the way IELTS is scored here.

Ensuring Quality & Fairness

Writing and Speaking tests are assessed by trained and certificated examiners.

All examiners are qualified English language specialists, with substantial relevant teaching experience, working to clearly defined criteria and subject to extensive quality control procedures.

Routine analysis is conducted on each test version to ensure that the performances of test materials, test takers and examiners are in line with expected standards

Test takers who feel that their scores do not reflect their performance may apply to have their tests re-marked by a senior examiner.


When you apply for an IELTS test you will obtain access to the 30 hours of free preparation materials. Details will be sent to you via email once your IELTS test place is secure.

For further preparation materials, please refer to the following websites:

British Council Preparation: Take IELTS

IELTS Website: Sample Questions

Future Learn Course: Understanding IELTS

Road to IELTS: IELTS Preparation guide

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